Vivian and the Legend of the Hoodoos
(4-5) This classroom presentation helps students discover the importance of legends and traditions. It discusses the legend of the hoodoos, which explains the need to respect the earth and its resources. It explores how, within a community, there are those whom we consider "other," and the importance of acceptance and welcoming of those "others."
Groups of students will participate in an "archeological dig" looking for artifacts. Students will also put together foam core "pottery" sherds to try and reconstruct a native plate. A piece is always missing to instill in the students respect for the remnants of the past.
Or, using photographs of the result of erosion in the Southwest, students will write a short poem using geologic terms.
Everybody's Gotta Eat! Everybody Wants to Live!
(K-6) Based on Sounds of the Savanna, assembly explores how animals use sound to communicate and the behaviors prey and predators use in their dance to survive. Elephants rumble to communicate over long distances--they recognize family members by their vocalization. Bats use sound to find food. Zebra stallions can protect their family from a lion with one swift kick. When animals cooperate they're more successful. With humor, students discover that even lions have to eat so they survive, so their babies survive and so the species survives. Everybody's gotta eat because everybody wants to live!
(1-3) How cool are magnets! This presentation is appropriate for a classroom setting. The author explores the magic and history of magnets with the students from attracting and repelling, to lodestones, to understanding what's magnetic and creating magic by manipulating non-magnetic materials with magnets.
Heroes Can Come in Small Packages
(K-3) Based on the recovery of Mount St. Helens after the devastating volcano of May, 1980, this is an interactive presentation where students learn about the recovery of an ecosystem after a natural disaster. In addition to highlighting the needs of each part of an ecosystem to be able to return to normal, the emphasis of this presentation is on gophers and their surprising role in the mountain’s recovery. (45 minutes)
Gopher to the Rescue, A Volcano Recovery Story
(4-6) As above, but in addition to highlighting the needs of each part of an ecosystem to be able to return to normal, the emphasis of this presentation is on the geology of volcanoes and plate tectonics. (45 minutes)
The Making of Creative Non-Fiction
(K-6) The presentation features the authors journey from idea to publication,including research, interviews with scientists at the scene, review by experts, marrying the text with the illustrators pictures, working with the editor, further review by experts and reviewing the galley. The author adapts this presentation to the audience. (Variable ,<45 minutes)
Writing Creative Non-Fiction
(4-6) Being a non-fiction writer allows the author to parallel her research and writing methods to the students’ experience in writing papers and assignments. Using one of the author's books as a model, as well as factual information, students will write their own creative non-fiction story. (1 hour or 2 one hour sessions if author critiques works)
Based on the author’s latest book, “Women’s Liberation, 1960-1990,” (Mason Crest, November 2012) this interactive presentation highlights the struggle for women’s rights and stresses the danger of attributing good or bad qualities to any group whether the group be based on gender, ethnicity, religion or any manner which will result in discrimination. (45 minutes)